Congressman Joe Courtney today announced that the U.S. Navy is moving forward with repairs to the USS Miami, a Groton-based attack submarine that was damaged in a fire May 23 while undergoing an overhaul at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine. Congressman Courtney was notified of the decision today. Although the Navy announced last September a contract for Groton-based Electric Boat to perform repair work, and work actually began soon thereafter, in light of sequestration the future of the project was unclear until today's announcement.
"This is the right decision for our submarine force, and for the talented men and women of Electric Boat who are already helping carry out the critical work of getting Miami back into service," said Congressman Courtney. "Getting the Miami back into service is a top priority for our Navy, and their decision to move forward with this effort, even under tighter budget constraints, is yet another indication of the important role that our submarine force plays in the defense of our nation.
"Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked closely with the Navy and Electric Boat to match the particular skills of EB's workforce with the maintenance and repair needs of Navy shipyards across the country. This work has been an essential means of stabilizing the workforce as we built toward two-subs-a-year production. Electric Boat is already playing an important part in the work of restoring the Miami, and with today's news can look forward to continuing their efforts alongside their Navy counterparts."
Congressman Courtney toured the USS Miami last October to see firsthand the fire damage and heard from Navy and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard officials about the importance of restoring the boat.
Congressman Courtney is the sole member of the Connecticut Congressional delegation to sit on the House Armed Services Committee. He is vice ranking member of the Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Navy, and he is the co-chairman of the bipartisan House Shipbuilding Caucus.